Instruments: From the Rolling Stones Archive

The tools of the musical trade have their own special mystique, never more so than in the case of the Rolling Stones, whose lifespan and legacy with technology stretches back deep into the warm and fuzzy world of analogue.

The band’s first recording session,for example, took place in a back room on Denmark Street, London, where the ‘deck’ was nothing more than a two-track tape recorder, nailed to the wall rather than sitting on the table to provide the ‘studio’ with some semblance of professionalism.

This an exclusive collection shot recently for rollingstones.com at one of the many secret archive warehouses dotted around the world, an Aladdin’s cave of arcane instrumental and amplification technology that saw active service on the frontline with The Rolling Stones at the height of the fighting.

Look, learn and enjoy…

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